The Top 10 Places to Have a Family Picnic in Rockland and Bergen Counties
Pack your favorite foods, grab a blanket, and head to one of these picnic spots in Rockland County to enjoy a family meal al fresco!
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This 178-acre park contains three lakes on its pleasant location at the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains. Swim in two of the lakes with sandy beaches; the third one is for catch-and-release fishing. Picnic in the wooded picnic area (bring your own grill) or on the open lawns. Kids will love the new state-of-the-art playground. Or, get in a game of tennis, basketball, or handball on the courts.
The Palisades Interstate Park is about 12 miles long and half a mile wide and located along the eastern edge of New Jersey along the Hudson River. You’ll find 2,500 acres of Hudson River shorefront, uplands, and cliffs. The park boasts 30 miles of hiking trails, a scenic riverside drive, cliff-top overlooks, and historic sights. Use access ramps to the Hudson for crabbing, fishing, and personal kayaks and canoes. Sit at one of the four large picnic areas—Alpine Picnic Area, Englewood Picnic Area, Ross Dock Picnic Area, and Undercliff Picnic Area. A limited number of grills are provided in these picnic areas.
You’d never know this park is close to busy Routes 4, 17, and 80, and the Garden State Parkway. Within its 146 acres, Van Saun County Park offers a range of activities sure to please the entire family. Popular attractions include the Bergen County Zoological Park, train, carousel, spray ground, and large playground. For picnics, take advantage of the pavilions with tables and picnic areas located throughout the park.
When you arrive, you’ll notice the two picnic areas, playground, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, pond, and other recreation features. But don’t let that fool you. When you venture into the natural area, you’ll be amazed at the abundance of birds, plants, and animals.
This 577-acre part connects five park areas—Fair Lawn, Paramus, Ridgewood, Rochelle Park, and Saddle Brook. You’ll find picnic pavilions plus a path for biking, jogging, and walking. Have a tennis match on the courts, hit baseballs on the diamond, or climb on the playground. Your pooch can even have some fun in the off-leash dog area.